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Kinkajous: State commission rejects petition to legalize them as pets

Despite a recent effort to change the rules, it's still illegal to own a kinkajou as a pet in Colorado.

Last week, the state Parks and Wildlife Commission denied a petition from a man named Jared Dryer, who was seeking to legalize the possession of kinkajous. The kinkajou is a nocturnal rainforest mammal that has an obscenely long tongue and an obscenely cute nickname, the "honey bear" -- so called because it uses its long tongue to lick nectar from flowers. But its cuteness wasn't enough to sway the commissioners.

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Melanie Asmar is a staff writer for Westword. She joined the paper in 2009 and has won awards for her stories about education, immigration and epic legal battles. Got a tip? She'd love to hear it.
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